J.K. Riki

NaNoWriMo 2018

We have reached the final week of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) and I once again have been participating. As I type these words I can’t help but think “Dang, these don’t count towards the 50,000 word goal…” As such I will keep it brief, so I can get back to words that do count! 2018’s NaNo has been an interesting one for me. As usual I went…
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Misunderstanding Things We Don’t Like

Something I have continually run into lately is the idea of people not understanding concepts they dislike. What I mean by that is they are presented with an idea, but because they dislike it they do not allow themselves to explore it, and as a result they can’t understand it. Not because they couldn’t if they explored it more fully, but because they have put up a wall and refused…
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Reasons vs. Excuses

I wrote a note on Twitter this past week that I wanted to elaborate on. It has to do with taking personal responsibility, something that isn’t extraordinarily popular in the Western world right now. If you want to skip this post because it may be uncomfortable, I understand. If you want to push past your comfort zone and do better, let’s get to it. The tweet read: There are reasons…
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The Morning After The Despair

It has been a long time since I wrote a blog post. Rather than dwell on that, let me jump right to what I want to share today. Yesterday I decided to be a responsible adult and begin monitoring the statistical data of our first three Weekend Panda apps. I’ve checked in now and then as we’ve produced games during this past year, but for the best results in business…
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3 GameDev Lessons from Panda and Penguin’s Puzzle Adventure

Our next game Panda and Penguin’s Puzzle Adventure is set for a July 2018 release. Today I want to talk about a few big lessons I learned from the project that I will try to keep in mind going forward with future game development. Lessons like these help a ton as we are gaining more and more experience with each new game. #1. Don’t do “Reward Art” At the end…
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New Game Coming!

Our next game is officially announced! It’s called Panda and Penguin’s Puzzle Adventure, and you can read all the details at WeekendPanda.com. I’ll also talk a little about it for today’s blog post. In PnP’s Puzzle Adventure, formally codenamed “Pandas and Penguins,” you draw lines and platforms so that gravity brings the two friends back together again in each level. Some levels, like the one in the example gif above,…
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The Hard Parts of GameDev: Failed Design

Today I am going to share a lament, for I am feeling disappointed. (There is a lesson to learn here, though, and so a silver lining glistens on the cloud hovering over me.) As I mentioned in a previous post, our second Weekend Panda game is a big departure from our first (The Death of Mr. Fishy). It has a completely different audience in mind. Unfortunately yesterday I presented an…
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It’s our First Game Release!

I am on Twitter, both as myself at JK_Riki and our game studio Weekend Panda at WeekendPanda. There’s also Instagram, Facebook, the Weekend Panda site, Twitch, and smaller spots like Deviant Art and random forums. So chances are good you probably heard that we released our first Mobile game a little while ago! But egads, somehow I missed posting it here on my own blog! Sorry about that. Here, officially,…
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Art and some Art-Stream Video Links

Today I’m sharing a bunch of things that came from efforts since last Monday! From adorable NES characters to links to live art streams you may have missed, here you’ll find the fruits of last week’s labor. I would also add that I’m still enjoying my new job working full time with my wife on Indie Game Development, though I must admit it’s harder work than I’ve done in years.…
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Live Art Stream(s) on Twitch

As work begins on Weekend Panda’s second game, I thought I would stream some of the art-creation-process on Twitch since I’ll be sitting here doing the art anyway! You can come by and check it out if you’d like. The first one will be tomorrow, April 3rd at 5PM EST but if all goes well I’ll do it again in the coming days/weeks. I’m guessing I’ll stream for about an…
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